Who should consider an Oral Hygiene Exam?

  • People who have not had a dental exam in six months or longer
  • People who have bad breath despite regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing
  • People who have sensitive, bleeding, or inflamed gums
  • People who have plaque buildup on teeth

Oral Hygiene Ottawa

When our Ottawa patients, feel great about their smiles it make us feel great too! Having a great smile isn't just about esthetics though. Aside from looking great, it's imperative that your smile is strong and healthy too. That's why Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, here at Oueis Dentistry is dedicated to making sure that your smile is healthy enough to last you a lifetime. 

What is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is a daily routine that our Ottawa patients practice to keep the mouth, teeth and tongue clean and healthy. Bacteria and left over debris from food and drink accumulate within our mouths as we eat every day. This bacteria, if left on the surfaces of your gums, teeth and tongue will cause unpleasant dental problems.

Oral hygiene removes the bacteria that causes dental plaque, tartar, tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. Gum diease is the leading source of tooth loss today. That said, if you want to keep your teeth, you have to practice proper and consistent oral hygiene.

Aside from keeping your teeth healthy, many diseases originate in the mouth. That is another reason why your oral health is so important. Poor oral hygiene will lead to painful dental problems if left unattended. Get back on track with good oral hygiene today!

Oral Hygiene Instructions

Brushing Your Teeth- You should brush you teeth, about 2-3 teeth at a time, using a gentle circular motion. Your tooth brush should be held at a 45 degree angle to effectively clean the gums as well. Be careful not not brush too hard, as you can irritate your gums. Your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, if not after every meal. 

Flossing is Imperative- Brushing alone will not protect your gums and teeth from painful decay and gum disease. Break off a piece of floss about 18 inches. Wind the floss around the tips of your fingers so it easier to manuever around your teeth. Be sure to floss both sides of each tooth up into the gum line. You should floss you teeth at least once a day if not twice.

Brushing Your Tongue- Tongue brushing is not a favorite past time of many. However, it is what stands between you and bad breath. Tongue cleaning removes the filmy layer of bacteria from your tongue that causes bad breath. Tongue cleaners come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some tooth brushes even have a tongue cleaner on the back of the brush. Once you find a tongue cleaner you are comfortable with, simply glide the tongue cleaner gently along the surface of your tongue to remove bad breath causing bacteria.  

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Regular brushing and flossing is imperative to your oral health, but so are professional teeth cleanings. Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, posseses the tools and knowledge to detect areas of decay that cannot be seen as you brush and floss in the mirror. In addition, dental x-rays are required to detect tooth decay before it becomes too severe. 

Your professional teeth cleaning at Oueis Dentistry in Ottawa will include scaling, a dental instrument used to remove plaque and bacteria from underneath the gumline, an area which cannot be reached by a tooth brush or floss. Aside from scaling the teeth a also checked for cavities, polished and you bite is monitored to ensure proper function. 

Your oral health is important to us here at Oueis Dentistry, that is why every dental exam performed by Dr. Oueis, your Ottawa dentist, includes an oral cancer screening. Many times early detection of oral cancer has saved smiles and lives. 

Poor Oral Hygiene

Don't wait until a dental issue becomes too painful to ignore. With a professional tooth cleaning every 6 months, you can ensure a healthy mouth and smile. Addressing oral health issue when they first originate will save you money on what could end up being an expensive procedure. Regular visits to Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry may even allow you to prevent such dental problems from forming in the first place.

To ensure your smile stays healthy enough to last a lifetime, call Carling Dental (613) 722-7272
Lyon & Glebe Dental (613) 233-2000
to book your appointment with Dr. Oueis at Oueis Dentistry in Ottawa today!

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